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Hey folks, I’m back! This was by far the longest time I spent away not just from posting, but the business of blogging. I had big ideas about creating videos, beauty posts with pictures or videos, redoing the things that bug me with the look and usage of the blog but really I just spent time not working and it was GLORIOUS! I took off from the 9-5 almost every day between Christmas and today and it was so needed. As I alluded to in a previous post, there’s been some big changes at my job (hello starting today I work for a completely different company with a slightly different role and team) and by the end of December I was emotionally and physically drained. On top of that, it’s been pretty intense trying to catch up here on Wardrobe Oxygen after my injury. All that time where I couldn’t write and couldn’t photograph myself in outfits took a beating on our bank account, right at a time when the medical bills were rolling in. So yeah, come the end of the year, I took the little bit of PTO I had leftover after all my medical issues and took a staycation.
I cleaned out my closet. I went to the movies with my mom, sister, and Emerson. We hosted Christmas Day without stress, and had groups of friends over for dinner on two different occasions. We visited friends and family, had an overnight babysitter and dressed up and went to a party and slept in the next day. I already started planning Emerson’s birthday party and she and I spent a day planning the event, shopping for supplies, without any stress. I got my hair cut, my nails done, and took a long bath. I slept. I slept! Reducing stress is more effective than a tub of la Mer in improving one’s skin; my zits disappeared and all the dark circles and dull skin I was dealing with was gone by January.
The time away from the blog was healthy not just for me, but for the blog itself. Separating myself from PR emails, affiliate companies guilting me into pushing more links and revenue opportunities, scheduling photo shoots, sponsored content, social media and all the comparison and competition and FOMO that comes with personal style blogging reminded me again why I blog.
I'm not trying to be famous from Wardrobe Oxygen, and I don't want to be a full-time blogger. I just want to offer really good content to really good people and create really good relationships with you and hope to help you feel better about your closet and your outlook on fashion and appearance. My friend Rosana shared this TEDxMalibu talk with Adam Leipzig with me and it was a great reminder of why I do this and why it is fun and rewarding and how I want it to continue in 2015.
I am excited for the New Year with Wardrobe Oxygen. I turn 40 later this month and this blog will turn 10 in a couple months. There will be some changes, but there will also still be plenty of why you love coming here. I’m excited for the future, and excited to share it with you. Here’s to a fresh start, a new year, a new outlook!